The Shepherd and the Horned Girl
by Breanna Bright
Genre: Fantasy Horror
How did you become an author?
I started writing pretty young, around thirteen years old. I wrote out a 20,000-word story on yellow legal pad, so my dad fixed up a 1998 Toshiba laptop for me. It had a word processer and solitaire, that was it. I wrote more stories, printed them out, put them in manila envelopes and sent them off to presses (the addresses for which were in the back of a Publishing for Dummies book). I never got an acceptance letter, but I kept at it all through high school and college, and while getting my Master’s degree in English I finally got lucky and got picked up by Permuted Press. Short stories followed until I had a decent list of publications, and now I’m the latest edition to Red Empress Press.
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I love to travel. In 2019 we took a trip to Sleepy Hollow, New York, home of Washington Irving and the famous Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It’s my favorite short story of all time, and we went in October, right before Halloween. It was a dream come true for me, seeing the cemetery, the bridge, and Sunnyside, Mr. Irving’s eclectic house. Being surrounded by autumn color in the Hudson Valley was beautiful, and it was all topped off by the Halloween parade in Tarrytown.
What inspired you to write this book?
The Shepherd and the Horned Girl was inspired by a piece of art my significant other created. He brought home this intriguing creature, which he called Spwizard, created from felt. It wore a cloak, so all you could see were these long spider-like legs. It carried bags with little scrolls and bells. I immediately felt that this creature had a story, so I started to write, and he became The Messenger.
Why is your book a must read?
I think this book would be enjoyed by people who love stories. Obviously, we all love stories, but Shepherd and the Horned Girl is about folklore, tall tales, mythology. It’s about the stories we tell each other, and how we become a part of them.
Top 10 Favorite Books (in no particular order)
John Dies at the End by David Wong
Johan Cabal the Necromancer by Johnathan Howard
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath by Ishbelle Bee
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Breanna Bright is the author of many paranormal books, as well as short stories in various genres. She grew up in the backwoods of Missouri where she was inspired to write at a young age. Hollow trees, creek beds, and frog eggs were the sources of her early stories. Breanna holds a Master's degree in English, and has several publications in the independent market. When she's not writing she's traveling and looking for new adventures to inspire her.